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The Perfect Recipe for Love and Friendship (O'Bannon Sisters #1)

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Bridget O'Bannon is ready for a do-over. After years of pretending she had a happy marriage and denying that she missed the friends and family she'd left behind, she's headed home to restart her life.

But working alongside her family every day at their bakery isn't as easy as whipping up her favorite chocolate peanut butter cake. Her mother won't give her a moment's peace,
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Forever
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    Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
    Release Date: July 11, 2017
    Genre: Women's Fiction

    The Perfect Recipe for Love and Friendship is a fantastic novel about a woman who is forced to find herself again. All in all, I loved reading this book. It's a breath of fresh air and made me feel good once it concluded. Shirley Jump is a new author to me so of course I had no idea what to expect in terms of how she tells her stories and how relatable her characters are. So imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to have found that her writing
    Terrie's Just Another Book B*tch
    Just Another Book Bitch's Spoiler Free Review

    "As one new family had formed, another family has shattered, the sisters scattering to the winds for years...."

    The Perfect Recipe for Love and Friendship is an exploration of one family's path to forgiveness, self-discovery, acceptance, and growth.

    The characters are so intricately woven, they come to life. They could be your sister, your aunt, your mother... you! While Bridget is our "main" character this book is not only about her. We're introduce
    Jun 04, 2017 Drema rated it it was amazing
    Shirley Jump hands us The Perfect Recipe for Love and Friendship in her book of the same title. I was honored and thrilled to receive a review copy, and I read it as voraciously as I would eat one of the O’Bannon sisters’ sweets from their Boston bakery if only the place really existed.

    Except the bakery does exist for over three hundred luscious pages in which we learn to love and relate to this family filled with secrets and heartache.

    Bridget O’Bannon, the main character, loses her husband Jim
    books are love
    Jul 15, 2017 books are love rated it really liked it
    Shirley Jump has begun the series with a bang. We have a fractured family. One the is practiced in avoidance. A tragedy strikes and the family is there but not there.

    Bridget is in mourning but what is she really mourning. To me she is mourning the blinders that she now has to take off. Her life wasn’t perfect and now it is crashing down. She now needs to learn to live. To be. This story is hers in a way but also her whole family’s. To me the book is the beginning. The beginning journey for the f
    Jun 13, 2017 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
    This book is the perfect recipe for a wonderful summer read! Instantly, I connected with all of the O'Bannon sisters. One of the questions in the reading guide was which sister was my favorite: Bridget, Nora, Abby, or Magpie. To be honest, I loved them all. Each one was different in her own way; yet together they were stronger. A huge part of this had to do with their mother, Colleen. She was the glue that helped to bond them all together. Yet, at the same time at the end I was happy to see her ...more
    Jul 10, 2017 Crystal rated it really liked it
    Shirley Jump has left me salivating for more of these O'Bannon sisters! Every one of them has secrets and I am sticking around to find them all out.

    Bridget decides to start working at her family's bakery again figuring it will help her cope with her husbands untimely death. There she works with her sister Nora and her mom, her sister Abby is estranged from the family, and her youngest sister Magpie is in and out of the story because she travels for work.

    There is so much tension is this family y
    Donna Alward
    Jul 11, 2017 Donna Alward rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: contemporary
    Definitely my favorite book of the year so far, and my favorite of Shirley Jump's stories. Complex, flawed and yet lovable characters, and a few secrets thrown in to complicate the family dysfunction. :) It's not often that I can't put a book down, but I really did drop everything and read. Jump doesn't shy away from difficult emotions or issues, and the ending was so rewarding that I had to go for tissues. Highly recommend.
    Linsey DeLuca
    Jul 14, 2017 Linsey DeLuca rated it it was amazing
    Great book! I cried, I laughed, I cried again. I couldn't put the book down and finished it in less than a day! I can't wait for the next book to come out!
    Sarah Lehman
    Jun 01, 2017 Sarah Lehman rated it it was amazing
    Bridget O'Bannon is ready for a do-over for her life, after her husband passes away. She deals with the fact that her marriage wasn't the fairy tale she led others to believe. She's left her family behind when she got married & reconnects with her sisters & mother.

    Her mother doesn't really give the girls a moments peace so working alongside with her sisters & mother in their family bakery makes for long days.

    During an outing she meets the very nice widower Garrett. He also helps her
    Jun 01, 2017 Hollie rated it it was amazing
    Bridget O'Bannon has just lost her husband to a tragic accident and all she wants to do is curl up into a ball and let the world just pass her by, but the family she left behind at her wedding won't let her. Secrets, grief, love...all parts of the wonderful story. I really felt that these characters were real people. Real people trying to cope and move closer together, in spite of the pain. That family means matter what.
    I was moved and sad to see this story end. It was a s
    Apr 11, 2017 Mona rated it it was amazing
    The Perfect Recipe for love and Friendship

    July 11th...Release Date-

    Truly moving book:

    After losing her husband Bridget O'Bannon meets Garrett Andrews who teaches her it's ok let yourself love again.
    He knew exactly how she felt. He had gone through the same thing.

    Bridget was lost and no one understood what she was going through.

    After her marriage a rift pulled them apart. A fiasco on the day she married her husband.

    Her sisters Nora, Maggie, and Abby all worked together at there family owned B
    Misty (Red's Romance Review's)
    Bridget O'Bannon is ready to take back her life, and leave the haunting memories of her unhappy married life behind. She tried to be happy, she really did, but it just wasn't working, and then her husband died in an tragic accident, and she suddenly found herself free to explore a new life. For so long she gave everyone the appearance that her life was pretty near perfect, but underneath all that fake happiness was a woman who was completely unhappy with how things in her life really turned out. ...more
    Peggy Jaeger
    Jun 10, 2017 Peggy Jaeger rated it it was amazing
    Family. Food. Secrets. Love.

    Four ingredients in Shirley Jump’s new book THE PERFECT RECIPE FOR LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP.

    When you can laugh, cry, cringe, and cheer at a book’s story line and its characters, you know you’ve read something that will stay with you for a long, long while. The O’Bannon family reminded me so much of my own crazy Irish/Catholic family that at times I felt like I was reading a diary from my teen years.

    30 year old Bridgit O’Bannon has just become a widow – much like her mother
    Jul 11, 2017 Paula rated it it was amazing
    I loved this family drama of women in The Perfect Recipe for Love and Friendship by Shirley Jump but missed the true romance books that she writes so well. This is labeled women’s fiction, with it certainly being that. Don’t get me wrong, there is romance in this story, it is just not the focus of the book.

    The story-line centers around Bridget and her dysfunctional family that has become alienated over the past five years or so. Many secrets, judgmental and controlling attitudes have contributed
    Jul 10, 2017 Kendra rated it it was amazing
    What a cute, magical novel; it sucks you into the tale of Bridget and her life woes.

    I was instantly hooked by Jump and her superb writing style. 

    In a few ways, this novel hits home for me. Bridget, the main character, is forced to find herself after her husband dies. She's forced to because she was suppressed by Jim and his lies, forced to because she isolated herself from her family and friends, and is forced to come to terms that her life was ending in shambles, and she needed to be the one to
    Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder

    Thank you to for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    I devoured this book. Seriously – I could not stop reading it because I was enthralled with the realness of the grieving process, the sisters, the family, Jim. Everything. I am so excited that this will be a series with each book touching on a different sister because I appreciated how this book focused solely on Bridget and her mother. I’m hoping each future installment
    Jun 19, 2017 Gina rated it it was amazing
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I really liked this book - a story of love, and loss, and of a family finally healing old wounds. The book opens up at a funeral, with Bridget not quite sure where to go next. She has been isolated from her family, and has lost her husband and the dreams that she had for her future. In the aftermath of this tragedy, she finds her way back to the bakery she practically grew up in, and back t
    Stephanie Rollins
    Jul 15, 2017 Stephanie Rollins rated it it was amazing
    Bridget's marriage was failing. She decided to divorce. Then, her husband dies. She discovers an endless trail of secrets that he left behind. Wow. Can I relate to that one! Shirley Jump did an excellent job with writing the emotions behind that.

    Colleen, the matriarch, has demons of her own that leave her cold toward her children. When the long-lost daughter, Abbey, returns and says she is marrying a woman, how will Colleen deal with that? It goes against her beliefs and the church's beliefs.

    Cindy Reifel
    Jul 08, 2017 Cindy Reifel rated it it was amazing
    This book could be a story of my life. The story begins with Bridget O'Bannon desperately trying to escape her home where everyone is eating and talking about the funeral of her husband, who has been killed in an auto accident. Bridget is one of 4 girls raised by their strict Catholic Mother Colleen, who raised them since their father died when they were children. Colleen is a devout Catholic who believes that showing any weakness or emotion or, admitting to any mistakes, is unacceptale. This fa ...more
    Jul 11, 2017 Shari rated it it was amazing
    The perfect summer read of starting over. Bridget O'Bannon is starting her life over after her husband dies. She returns to work at the family bakery, that her mother owns. A disagreement from Bridget's wedding day had thrown the family apart but the sisters will now try to come together. Their mother is very set in her ways, as a young widow raised four girls in a catholic household. There will be secrets that come out in the story. A new friend for Bridget, Garrett also a widower, helps her m ...more
    Jul 10, 2017 Salitah rated it really liked it
    Got an ARC of this book at BookCon. At first I wasn't sure if I would really enjoy it but I am glad I did. This book is filled with heartbreak, cookies, family drama, and more sweets. It's a story about four sisters and their mother who own a bakery shop. But over time they had fall outs, until one of the sister, Bridget, becomes a widow. She is the main protagonist in the book, but the view point from the other sisters and the mother are shown to. You go through many emotions, twists and turns ...more
    Like most families, the O'Bannons have secrets from each other. These secrets have driven wedges between the sisters, their mother and even their aunt. As one of the sisters deals with the hand that life has dealt her, she is determined to break down the walls created by those secrets and restore the sense of family that she remembers.

    Although this book was somewhat predictable, I enjoyed reading it and getting to know the members of the O'Bannon family. I was happy to see Bridget show some bac
    Jul 07, 2017 Ellen rated it really liked it
    This is the kind of book I enjoy, filled with family, life's challenges and the ability to accept difficult truths. Bridget O'Bannon followed her husband's lead and tried to creat a life apart from her family. The O'Bannon sisters, Bridget, Nora, Abby and Magpie, are strong women, creating some conflict with their stubborn, old-fashioned traditional Irish Mom. As Bridget finds her way back to her family, the importance of family relationships and hope form the basis of the journey. Recommended.
    Jul 10, 2017 Regan rated it it was amazing
    What a super read! I'm not normally a fan of women's fiction -- too depressing and even though this one had a lot of angst and sad stuff going on, the way Jump writes is just so emotional that you become part of the story. It was one of those books I couldn't put down and spent every free minute reading.

    There are a few loose ends -- they don't take away from the story but leave you wanting more -- and leaves me hoping that there will be a sequel so we can find out what happened to the sisters a
    Jul 13, 2017 kim rated it liked it
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    Jul 17, 2017 Janga rated it really liked it
    Review coming soon at The Romance Dish.
    Rhonda Lomazow
    Jul 11, 2017 Rhonda Lomazow rated it really liked it
    A wonderful book fell in love with Bridgette a young widow mourning her husband.Trying to heal working in her families bakery dealing with her emotional family ties her future.A delicious book,
    Jul 11, 2017 TheDailyAMG rated it liked it
    Shelves: read-in-2017
    Sweet! Sweet! Sweet! A wonderful book to get swept up in! I look forward to reading more in this new series!
    Merlene Neville
    Jul 22, 2017 Merlene Neville rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    A good beginning to an interesting series. There were times I could have shaken Colleen and Bridget, but I liked the book.
    Jun 18, 2017 Mel rated it really liked it
    In the interest of full disclosure, I generally do not like books from the romance genre. I decided to read this book because I got it at BookCon. Generally, I am up for something new but I went into this book with non-existent expectations. I am happy to report I was pleasantly surprised. I would never dream to describe the book as a romance novel. It is a story about family, sisters, and friendship. I’ve got to say: I kind of loved it.

    There were parts that I wasn’t sure about; primarily the h
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    New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump spends her days writing romance and women’s fiction to feed her shoe addiction and avoid cleaning the toilets. She cleverly finds writing time by feeding her kids junk food, allowing them to dress in the clothes they find on the floor and encouraging the dogs to double as vacuum cleaners.

    Look for her Sweet and Savory Romance series, inc
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